Food And Drink

Food stamps have long been a favorite whipping boy of politicians looking to beat up on government spending. But the massive food-assistance program does help keep people out of poverty, according to new research.

Food stamp benefits led to a decline of 4.4 percent in poverty from 2000 to 2009, according to a new report from the USDA's Economic Research Service.

Want extra salt with that fast-food meal? Then buy it in the United States, where chicken dishes, pizzas, and even salads are loaded with far more salt than in Europe and Australia, according to new research.

The McDonald's Chicken McNuggets in the United States have more than twice as much salt as their sister nuggets in the United Kingdom. That's 1.6 grams of salt for every 100 grams of American nugget, compared with 0.6 grams in the U.K.

Not long after the start of the school year, Monique Sanders, a teacher at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Manchester, Conn., realized many of her students were going to bed hungry.

"It was very bad. I had parents calling me several times a week, asking did I know of any other way that they could get food because they had already gone to a food pantry," Sanders says. "The food pantry only allows you to go twice per month, so if you are running low on your food stamps or you didn't get what you needed and you're not able to feed your family, that's very stressful."

Food Critics: Finding A Great Sandwich

Apr 5, 2012
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Coming up on this Friday's Walt Bodine Show, a conversation about the greatest sandwiches in town – from Reubens and Clubs, to Meatball Subs and Tortas.

As we've reported, fish fraud – labeling a less-desirable species as a more desirable one – is more widespread than you'd think. Olive oil, too, isn't always what it seems. And honey from Asia is fraught with suspicion.

Food Critics: The Service Show

Mar 15, 2012

There's more to going out to eat than what's on your plate. On this Friday's Walt Bodine Show, we turn the tables for a look at area dining from the service perspective.

Rush Limbaugh To Enter Hall of Famous Missourians, Nuclear Officials To Hold Meeting Near Wolf Creek Plant & more: A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Some vegetarian food is getting a makeover. It's being made to look, feel and taste more like meat.

Food Critics: Takeout

Feb 24, 2012
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On some nights, there’s no greater luxury than ordering a meal to go. In this edition of the Walt Bodine Show, the Food Critics share their favorite take out spots – from Mediterranean kebabs, to Chinese noodles.

The Psychology Of Eating

Feb 20, 2012
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On this Central Standard, we explore what happens to our brains on food. Have you ever wondered what goes on when you lie in bed, thinking about that late night snack?

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Pick up your favorite packaged food and read the ingredient list. If you stumbled over any of the words or a color jumped out at you, you might be looking at what’s known as a food additive.

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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NOTE: Audio is unavailable from today's show. We apologize for the technical difficulties.

Consumers are getting smarter about the food they eat.  We know to check labels for the levels of sodium and saturated fat, and that "high fructose corn syrup" is still sugar.   Most of us hit a wall though when it comes to ingredients such as malodextrin, flavonoids and silicon dioxide.  What are these ingredients found in the  foods we eat and drink

Healthy Food As Love

Feb 7, 2012
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If you have a special someone in your life and you want to show them how you feel... is a box of chocolates really the best you can do? What about the fat? The calories? The guilt? On the second half of today’s Central Standard, food writer Beth Bader will join us with a new way to tell your special someone you care- by making them something healthy to enjoy.

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services recently cut off hundreds – possibly thousands – of immigrant families from receiving food stamps.

Food Critics: Your Nontraditional Valentine

Feb 3, 2012
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Forget the lobster and candlelight... how about spicy ceviche and mango smoothies? On this Walt Bodine Show, the Food Critics share ideas for taking your Valentine out for a nontraditional evening.

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Throwing food scraps to hogs and other farm animals is an age-old practice. As food production has become more industrialized, food factories have found ways to continue to recycle massive amounts of would-be food waste.

A Kansas social services official today defended a policy that has effectively made hundreds of children ineligible for food stamps. The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services recently changed how household income is calculated for the program.

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Walk into your neighborhood grocery store looking for healthy food and you might get lost amid a sea of confusing labels and dubious claims. Consumers looking to eat right may get the wrong ideas.

HyVee, like many grocery chains, is trying to part that sea and simplify nutrition for consumers who may not want to read the fine print on their food.

At HyVee stores, you’ll find NuVal. It’s a scoring system on a scale of 1 to 100. The healthier the food, the higher the score.

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Eating healthy doesn't have to be a chore.

On Friday's Walt Bodine Show, join co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics for a conversation about finding tasty, yet nutritious food options in Kansas City.

Vegetarianism In KC / Pity The Billionaire

Jan 12, 2012

How difficult is it to be a vegetarian in Kansas City? Then later... Even Mr. T pities a fool, but why pity a billionaire?

If you've been to a Hy-Vee grocery store recently, chances are you've seen some numbers right next to the price of an item of food.

It's a "NuVal" - a nutritional value placed on each and every food product. 

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The Food and Drug Administration is clamping down on the off-label use of certain antibiotics in food-producing animals. 

In an order published today, the FDA said meat producers can no longer use the class known as cephalosporins in ways not approved by the agency. While curbing use won’t change much in the meat industry, the order signals a bigger concern about antibiotics regulation, some farmers say.

Food Critics: New Years Eve Dining

Dec 23, 2011
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New Years Eve isn't just about the bubbly these days. This Friday morning, join co-host Charles Ferruzza, and the Food Critics for a conversation about great places to go out and celebrate the arrival of 2012 over a great meal.

A refugee at age 10 and an immigrant at 12, Lidia Bastianich has always associated food with family and home. A wife, mother and restaurateur by age 24, Lidia's passion for bringing the taste of Italy to the American table has made her a favorite among PBS viewers, home chefs and foodies.

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Join the conversation with Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics as we discuss great places to dine around town. Plus, in the second half of the hour, critics and callers gab about their favorite places to grab a burger around town.

Onaga, KS – Last December, the only grocery store in Onaga burned down. Onaga is a town of about 700 in northeast Kansas, surrounded by cattle ranches, corn and wheat farms. But suddenly, there was no place to buy groceries for 25 miles in any direction.

People in town found their routines changed dramatically. Althea Sender, for example, is 86 years old, lives alone and doesn't drive long distances.

"You're baking - you know - or fixing something and you need something. Well, you can't just run down to the store and get it," Sender says.

Manhattan, Ks. – According to a survey done by Kansas State University, one third of all small-town stores closed just in the past three years. It's partly because rural populations are dwindling and mom and pop markets aren't able to compete with large chains.

Food Critics: Table for One

Nov 11, 2011
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When was the last time you sat down at a restaurant for a nice meal... alone? Join co-host Charles Ferruzza, of The Pitch and Fat City Blog, Chris BecickaIngram's MagazineGloria Gale435 South Magazine, and Emily Farris, food writer.

Food Critics: Hotel Dining, Past & Present

Sep 30, 2011
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When was the last time you headed to a hotel just to enjoy a great meal? Join Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics, Gloria Gale of 435 South Magazine and Emily Farris of Casserole Crazy, as they stop in to discuss the evolution of hotel dining in the Kansas City area.

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